María Dolores de Cospedal appears at 11 in the morning before the parliamentary commission that investigates the Kitchen operation: the alleged espionage of the ex-treasurer Luis Bárcenas paid with reserved funds, to steal the documentation that he had on box b of the PP or its leaders and hide it from him to the action of justice.
It will be the penultimate session of this commission, whose appearances will be concluded this Monday at 4:00 p.m. with the interrogation of the former president of the Government, Mariano Rajoy.
Cospedal, whom Judge Manuel García Castellón freed from the indictment in his indictment, but who is still pending the final decision of the Criminal Chamber of the National Court, will be questioned on various aspects of the case.
Your trusted commissioner, charged
The prosecution considers that incidentally and as general secretary of the Popular Party, she was involved in the development of the operation, and for this purpose she assigned her trusted commissioner, Andrés Gómez Gordo, who had been its general director of Analysis in Castilla-La Mancha, to espionage. and is accused in the procedure.
There are also numerous annotations in Villarejo’s agenda, conversations recorded by the commissioner with her husband, Ignacio López del Hierro, and meetings of Cospedal herself with Villarejo since 2009 at the central headquarters of the PP located in Madrid’s calle de Génova 13. More double the number of meetings of the 3 or 4 admitted by the former secretary general, according to her chief of staff, José Luis Ortiz.
Secret meetings with Villarejo at the headquarters of the PP
They were also surreptitious meetings, which Cospedal handled with the utmost discretion, sending his official car with tinted windows to the opposite sidewalk, no more than 30 meters away, to pick up Commissioner Villarejo and bring him into the headquarters through the garage. Thus he would go up incognito and directly to the office with the elevator, without going through reception or registering his name in the guest book.
In his appeal against the closure of the investigation, the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office asked that Cospedal continue to be charged because his testimony “was not credible” but “openly contradictory” with that of his chief of staff, and failed to disprove the initial accusations against her.
Anti-corruption believes that Cospedal lied
Anticorrupción explained that those meetings with Villarejo at the headquarters of the PP occurred at the request of Cospedal “to obtain information on the responsibilities that for the PP could present” the statements of Bárcenas and above all, data on the “documents that may have” the ex-treasurer on the Popular Party. Precisely the objective of the Kitchen operation.
Anti-corruption criticized the “hasty and false” closure of the case and accused the investigating judge of wanting “artificially to delimit the procedure to the Ministry of the Interior.”
For the Prosecutor’s Office, there are indications that apart from a “police plot” with the Interior leadership as the main responsible parties, there was also a “political plot” with the participation of “leaders” of the Popular Party and maintains that it is “essential to elucidate” this possible liability.
Prosecutors regret in reference to the judge that “it seems that this step does not want to be taken, there is a resounding refusal to continue investigating in this direction, as if a cordon or unacceptable red line had been established that could not be crossed.”